GWG: Piece by Piece with music by Maria Dunn

Posted April 7th, 2009

Hear the Maria Dunn interview on CJOB from Saturday, April 18 at
Go to the “audio vault” and enter April 18, 6:45 a.m.

The video ballad “GWG: Piece by Piece” is a 60-minute musical multimedia piece depicting the experiences of immigrant women who worked in Edmonton’s GWG clothing factory over its 93 year history.

The plant, founded in 1911 and closed in 2004, was a microcosm of the immigration patterns in the city. Traditionally, it was a female-dominated workplace; in the post WWII period, many immigrant women worked at GWG because it did not require a strong knowledge of English.

The story will ring true with those in Winnipeg which also was once home to a GWG plant.

Some stories of pioneer women are available, but very little has been produced by or about women who worked in factories such as the GWG garment manufacturing plant.

With songs written by songwriter Maria Dunn, audiovisual materials filmed and edited by Don Bouzek of Edmonton’s Ground Zero Productions and research interviews and archival materials provided by historian Catherine C. Cole, the performance will feature video footage of women who worked at GWG interwoven with songs inspired by their stories.

Maria Dunn will be joined by Shannon Johnson on violin and Sharmila Mathur on sitar.

The Park Theatre, 698 Osborne
Doors: 1:30 p.m. | Show: 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 available at the Workers Organizing Resource Centre, 280 Smith St., 947-2220; the Park Theatre 478-7275 and the Mondragon Bookstore, 91 Albert.